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Foley-Balmer Natural Area

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Foley Balmer Bridge Replacement

The new bridges are compete and open for use. 

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond, this project will replace a bridge in the Foley-Balmer Natural Area and the Owl Creek Bridge in Marshall Park. Both of these bridges have been out of service for several years, and the new bridges will help reconnect popular SW trails.

Project Schedule

Fall 2017 - Fall 2018
Design and Permitting

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Bidding and Contracting

April 2019 - October 2019

October 2019
Bridges open for use

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The Foley and Balmer properties were purchased by Metro through the Metro 26-26 bond measure. The Foley property had been used primarily as a stable for over 90 years. Before that it was a rich and lush forest with Tryon Creek running through the heart of it. Today there is an abundance of plant and animal life present. The natural area includes both meadows and forested areas with walking paths and a footbridge crossing Tryon Creek.

Park Location or Entrance

9520 SW Lancaster Road
Portland, OR 97219

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Paths (Unpaved)

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